To prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the state the Government has announced near-total lockdown of 5 districts and 8 towns including Rourkela. The 8 days lockdown is very crucial for everyone in the state. Hence, Sundargarh Collector Mr. Nikhil Pavan Kalyan has appealed the people of Rourkela to stay at home during the entire period.
He thanked the public of Sundargarh district for observing the Janta Curfew on 22nd March 2020, Sunday. He thus urged the populace of the district to continue with the spirit during the total lockdown period. Lauding the steps taken by the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister, he said that such actions are absolutely necessary at this moment for the safety of the general public.
The collector informed that the public needs to avoid any nonessential travel and go out only in case of emergencies. Travelling inside Rourkela town has been restricted except for medical reasons and for airport and bus stand. Thus the police are alert to stop any non-important activity in the time of lockdown.
“However, people need not panic as the shops selling medicines, groceries, vegetables, milk, eggs, daily needs, and food items will be open. The rest other shops will remain closed for the time being. Thus, the people are advised to limit their non-essential trips outside for their own safety”, he adds.
Not only Rourkela town but also people of the entire district need to practice social distancing and maintain home quarantine at least till March 31st. The administration is fully prepared to tackle all contingencies. If anyone feels the mildest symptoms of the virus, one can call on the helpline number 104. Alternatively, all the district level contacts will keep working to ensure a smooth lockdown and proper service delivery.
“I once again request if you find anyone in your village or town who has come from abroad, kindly do not panic and inform the authorities immediately. We will send a medical checkup team on the spot and if necessary we will also shift the person to one of our temporary medical camps for observation and treatment”, assures the Collector Mr. Nikhil Pavan Kalyan.